- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson looked like he barely beat the shot clock in hitting the winning shot to beat Minnesota Saturday. But even if he didn't, there was no call on the floor and no chance to review the play. It is not allowed under NCAA rules. That may change next year when rules can be changed. St. Peter's coach John Dunne, who chairs the rules committee, is in favor of shot clock baskets getting reviewed in the final two minutes of the game. Dunne said he would like to see all key decisions in the final two minutes reviewed, including out of bounds calls, to ensure the calls are are made correctly. Dunne is the leader of the rules committee but he is just one voice and vote. If it doesn't slow the game down, I'll be surprised if a vote to increase the use of replay isn't passed for 2013-14.
2. Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe had hurt the same right wrist in the Northwestern loss earlier in the week that forced him to leave the court in the final seconds of the loss to Wisconsin Saturday. Mbakwe grabbed the wrist after he was fouled. That meant Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan had to choose from an existing Minnesota player on the court. He chose Rodney Williams, who made the first but missed the second free throw to prevent the Gophers from tying the game and forcing overtime. Mbakwe missed a practice earlier in the week because of the wrist injury. The nagging injury had been bothering him heading into the Wisconsin game. The Minnesota staff said he is well enough to play Tuesday against Nebraska. He was sore Sunday. The Gophers have lost four in a row, with three of those on the road. But Minnesota now has a stretch of four of the next five at home.
3. Villanova coach Jay Wright was unsure about his team in the preseason and then again during the 2K Sports Classic in New York. He had reason to be concerned after the blowout loss to Columbia. This team showed toughness in a win over Purdue in New York, but was weaker when challenged later in the season. Now, the pieces are starting to fit together after the thrilling double court-storming week of wins over Louisville and Syracuse. "This week was a week of unity and confidence building for this new group,'' said Wright. "They weren't a part of any of our past successes. So, this week is theirs to own.'' The key will be ensuring the week matters in March.